First Friday Highlights Add Buzz to Pride Weekend in Allentown

Art, Culture & Arts, Things to Do


Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Published on June 3, 2015

First Fridays are normally abuzz with art fans tipsy on a few glasses of cheap wine, but the excitement level for this weekend’s First Friday is expected to get kicked up even further as Allentown’s ‘gayborhood’ gets Pride Weekend celebrations into full swing.


Craft Fair in the Ciclovia 

From the spring through the fall, the Allentown Association blocks off a portion of Allen Street for various First Friday activities and this month the association will be hosting an artisan craft fair. Twenty-seven artists will be selling their wares at the second annual event that will also include live music from FolkFaces and hula-hoop performances from Ultra Hoops.


Official Pride Exhibition at Glow Gallery

While most of the gay-owned businesses on Allen Street are clustered at the Main Street end, GLOW Gallery at the opposite end of the street will be hosting Pride Weekend’s official Chroma gallery show, in conjunction with MyBuffaloPride and Pride Center of WNY.

The gallery show will feature fine art from more than 16 LGBTQ artists and sidewalk chalk art from Vintango. Chroma will also feature a live DJ in the GLOW courtyard, a burlesque performance by Cat Sinclair of the Stripteasers, photo booth, food and refreshments.

Making a chalk Q-Bot at Queen City Bookstore for #freecomicbookday


Projected Portraits at Starlight Gallery

Best known as a way to fake ‘ghostly’ imagery, double-exposure is a photography technique that superimposes one image over another by exposing film twice through a camera’s lens. In her new exhibit at Starlight Gallery, artist Amanda Giczkowski applies the technique not to fake out would-be ghost hunters, but to reveal some underlying truth about her very alive human subjects.

“I wanted each and every one of my models to be intertwined into a scene or an image that depicts pieces of their personality; reflecting back into the viewer’s eyes an unknown version of themselves,” Giczkowski said in her artist’s statement.


Artists and Gardens at Studio Hart

The Garden Walk Buffalo might not come until the end of July, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take in the work of Buffalo’s best green thumbs this weekend. Starting on Friday, Garden Walk Buffalo Niagara is present an exhibition of artwork created event during last year’s event. The exhibition will also be showing artwork used for previous years’ Garden Walk posters.


‘lakelines’ at Indigo Gallery

With all the hustle and bustle, trying to squeeze every ounce of enjoyment out of our weekend, it can be hard sometimes to take a pause and take in your surroundings. With her ‘lakelines’ exhibit, Lyndonville painter Dorothy P. Fitzgerald asks viewers to contemplate the tranquility of Lake Ontario as seen through her series of oil paintings.

“My intent with this body of ‘lakelines’ is to give the viewer a place to decelerate, to find a moment of calm,” Fitzgerald said in her artist’s statement.

The Indigo Gallery exhibit can be a great way to slow down, especially for those with a hectic weekend of Pride celebrations in front of them.

dorothy p fitzgerald


For more info on Allentown First Fridays, visit the Allentown Association website and follow them on Facebook.


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Written by <a href="" target="_self">Brett Llenos Smith</a>

Written by Brett Llenos Smith

Brett Llenos Smith is a freelance writer based in Buffalo’s Allentown neighborhood who has been covering local food and culture for Step Out Buffalo over the past six years. As someone with a multi-ethnic background, he has a passion for exploring and understand the many diverse corners of Western New York.
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